Comedy Central Records
|Comedy Central Records|
|Founder||Jack Vaughn Jr.|
|Distributor(s)||Alternative Distribution Alliance|
|Country of origin||United States|
|Location||New York City, New York|
|Official website||Comedy Central Records|
Comedy Central Records was founded in 2002 by producer Jack Vaughn whom along with Comedy Central had hopes to revive the comedy album.
Attitudes to stand-up began to change in 2002 when the channel released an uncensored CD of the network's program "Crank Yankers," which features various human-like puppets making off-color crank calls to one another. The CD ended up selling more than 80,000 copies, turning a nice profit for the network—and started network management thinking about signing their talent to record deals. Since 2002, Comedy Central Records has gradually increased the number of releases to about 10 a year. The low number limits risk. "We make money on 80% to 90% of our releases," Mr. Vaughn says, noting that most new releases in the music industry lose money. The label's biggest hit so far is Dane Cook's "Retaliation," which opened at No. 4 on the Billboard Top 200, the best comedy debut since Steve Martin's "A Wild and Crazy Guy" in 1978. The album has since gone platinum with total sales of nearly 650,000, according to SoundScan.
Since its debut the label has seen sides of both financial and critical acclaim, with releases from Dane Cook, Mitch Hedberg, Jim Gaffigan, Bo Burnham, Lewis Black, Nick Swardson, and Louis C.K. holding spots on the Billboard 200 along with Grammy wins from Lewis Black and Stephen Colbert.
Starting in 2007, the label has been releasing albums exclusively through digital music vendors such as iTunes as a way to give lesser known comedians exposure with little risk to the label. Comedians whose albums have been released this way are Anthony Jeselnik, Greg Warren, Todd Glass, and Matt Braunger.
|Dane Cook||Harmful If Swallowed||Gold||Album|
|Rough Around The Edges||Gold||Album|
|Nick Swardson||Party||Gold||Video Longform|
|Daniel Tosh||True Stories I Made Up||Gold||Video Longform|
|Happy Thoughts||Gold||Video Longform|
|Bo Burnham||Bo Burnham||Gold||Video Longform|
|Demetri Martin||These Are Jokes||Gold||Video Longform|
|Jim Gaffigan||Doing My Time||Gold||Video Longform|
Grammy Award for Best Comedy Album
|2006||Lewis Black||Luther Burbank Performing Arts Center Blues||Nominated||No|
|2007||Lewis Black||The Carnegie Hall Performance||Won||No|
|2008||Steven Wright||I Still Have a Pony||Nominated|
|George Lopez||America's Mexican||Nominated|
|2010||Stephen Colbert||A Colbert Christmas: The Greatest Gift of All!||Won|
|George Lopez||Tall, Dark & Chicano||Nominated||No|
|2011||Lewis Black||Stark Raving Black||Won|
|Patton Oswalt||Finest Hour||Nominated|
|2013||Jim Gaffigan||Mr. Universe||Nominated||No|
|Lewis Black||In God We Rust||Nominated||No|
|Patton Oswald||Tragedy Plus Comedy Equals Time||Nominated||No|
- Arizona Daily Wildcat. "UA alumnus' record label negotiation deal with Comedy Central"
- Comedy Central Corners The Laughs Business, The Wall Street Journal.
- COMEDY CENTRAL RECORDS® RECEIVES GRAMMY® AWARD NOMINATIONS FOR STEVEN WRIGHT'S "I STILL HAVE A PONY" AND GEORGE LOPEZ' "AMERICA'S MEXICAN"
- COMEDY CENTRAL RECORDS® RELEASE LEWIS BLACK’S “ANTICIPATION” NOMINATED FOR GRAMMY® AWARD
- COMEDY CENTRAL RECORDS® WINS GRAMMY® AWARD FOR COMEDY ALBUM OF THE YEAR FOR STEPHEN COLBERT’S “A COLBERT CHRISTMAS – THE GREATEST GIFT OF ALL!”
- COMEDY CENTRAL RECORDS® WINS COMEDY ALBUM OF THE YEAR GRAMMY® AWARD FOR LEWIS BLACK'S "STARK RAVING BLACK"
- COMEDY CENTRAL RECORDS® RECEIVES TWO GRAMMY® AWARD NOMINATIONS FOR LOUIS C.K.'S "HILARIOUS" AND PATTON OSWALT'S "FINEST HOUR"